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I didn’t want to leave- £10m departure throws light onto Celtic’s disastrous season

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Jeremie Frimpong has insisted that he was in no hurry to quit Celtic when he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen.

The teenager defied his project tag to force his way almost instantly into Neil Lennon’s side despite arriving during the same transfer window as Hatem Abd Elhamed and Moritz Bauer.

Instantly the Celtic fans took to his ability and enthusiasm with Frimpong appearing to revel in the chance to impress and develop his career.

Season 2020/21 will be one that Celtic fans pour over for years to come as everything unravelled after signing off the previous season in style before Lockdown.

It seems quite clear that Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard wanted to leave in the summer of 2020 but it was one of the youngest talents, under contract till 2023 that was first out the door.

Frimpong told the Daily Record:

I was not looking to leave Celtic, when the chance came to join Leverkusen it was not something I was actively looking to do. I was happy with my teammates, happy with the fans.

The Bundesliga is one of the top three leagues in Europe and when you get that chance it was impossible for me to say no. I didn’t know of their interest in me.

It was a shock – but the chance to play for one of the best clubs in Germany was not something I could turn down

When your club accepts an offer from elsewhere it does make life difficult as Kieran Tierney discovered in the summer of 2019 when Celtic were negotiating with Arsenal.

The suddenness of Frimpong’s exit came as a shock to the Celtic support but with a track record of selling players the young Dutchman provided a handsome profit soon after the best part of £10m was spent on Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti.

With Frimpong and Elhamed sold during the same transfer window Celtic brought in Jonjo Kenny on loan from Everton.

Trasfermarkt list the fee for Frimpong as €11.00m.

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  • The Great God Pan says:

    This tells us all we need to know about the board and their lack of ambition for the club. We fans think we are important, but the club does not. They have absolute disdain for us as they have shown time and time again. Players are seen as commercial entities and not valued for their abilities. Actions are needed, not the empty words from the board. They continually lie to the fans. However, I sense the beginnings of a storm of discontent. We are beginning to see that we are being taken for mugs yet again. Of course we back Ange and the team, but this board is evidently just as bad as the previous Kelly mob. The absentee landlord is also unworthy of his position.

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